London-based FundamentalVR introduces new software platform for trainee surgeons

FundamentalVR has developed a new platform to address the experience gap for trainee surgeons.

By
Laura
Lovett

[London, UK] London-based FundamentalVR has launched a new software platform, Fundamental Surgery, combining VR with haptic sensors to help surgeons and trainees virtually see and feel what it's like to perform specific operations.

The platform gives users physical feedback simulating the feel of performing an operation. 

“Our mission is to democratize surgical training by placing safe, affordable, and authentic simulations within arm’s reach of every surgeon in the world,” said Richard Vincent, Founder and CEO of FundamentalVR.

“With the help of some of the top minds in medicine, as well some of the most advanced VR haptic programmers, we have created a solution that can be deployed anywhere — with limited investment — to allow surgeons to learn and hone their skills over and over again in a safe and controlled environment.”

Each time a surgeon or trainee uses the software they first log in to their personalised account.

This allows the system to track, assess, and give feedback to the user on their performance, including their instrument use, procedural accuracy, and patient impact.

Users and administrators are able to go in and look at the student or clinician’s progress and assessments, then pinpoint areas that need work.  

Schools and hospitals using the software can run it on PCs or laptops, although it also requires a VR headset and two haptic arm devices.

FundamentalVR’s SHIE software works with the haptic devices to give the user the sense of touch during the experience. The technology was designed so that users can get different physical feedback, such as what bone or skin feels like.

The system can also switch up the surgeries so that the user must deal with possible 'branch outcomes' like unexpected bleeding or a change in the patient’s condition. 

According to the company, the technology currently has an orthopaedic focus but the team plans on expanding that lens to include laparoscopic, general surgery, cardiovascular, and otolaryngology experiences. 

In addition to the most recent launch, the company also offers mixed reality simulation, where the user wears a MultiMR HoloLens, which creates a holographic experience. 

Originally published on MobiHealthNews, a sister publication of BJ-HC.

Laura Lovett

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